By John Guminski
The Missouri football team held its second scrimmage of the spring inside the Devine Pavilion on Saturday. The game was the final scrimmage before next Saturday’s Black and Gold game.
Dorial Green-Beckham was the standout performer of the day. He caught eight passes for 135 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown catch from James Franklin. After playing almost exclusively in the slot during his freshman season, Green-Beckham lined up as the primary outside target.
Gary Pinkel is very pleased with Green-Beckham’s improvement from last season. “You can see it now. Every time he catches the ball so well, he can turn an average play into a big play.” Pinkel said. “I think we’re starting to see really how good he can be, and he can be a lot better than he is now.”
Quarterbacks James Franklin, Maty Mauk, and Corbin Berkstresser all saw equal time during the scrimmage, each throwing at least 24 passes. Freshmen Trent Hosick came in late during the scrimmage and completed 8 of 9 passes for 78 yards and touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, Michael Sam stood out as the top performer. Sam recovered two fumbles and recorded one sack. Donovan Bonner and David Johnson each registered an interception,
Kicker Andrew Baggett went 4-7 on field goals, including misses from 32, 35, and 42 yards.
The Black and Gold Game will be held next Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at Faurot Field.